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Old 08-17-2005, 07:36 PM   #1
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Ubuntu on USB drive?


I've ordered the latest Ubuntu and was wondering if I could install it on my USB drive instead of destroying my laptop (Scientific Linux) installation... Anybody tried it? My laptop supports booting from USB drive.

Old 08-17-2005, 07:50 PM   #2
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Hmmmm...from what I've read, linux doesn't have any knowledge of USB when it start an install, so I'm not sure you could do it that way. However, I've seen someone mention that you could temporarily partition off a part of your hard drive as big as your USB stick is before you install, then install just to that partition...and then copy that partition lock, stock and barrel over onto the USB drive.
As long as there's a boot sector on the USB key (verifiable with fdisk or cfdisk) and you make sure it's bootable in your bios, it should work (on paper anyhow )
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I see that there are some instructions here:


However, being relatively new to linux I wanted to know if there's Ubuntu specific info.



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